About the Author
Hi there, my name is Andrea and having been a Vipassana meditator for some 15 years, makes me believe to have developed enough wisdom to be able to write some Vipassana related stories and information that could be of use or interest to others; I wish my assumption will turn out to be true.
I have been living as a Buddhist for over 15 years, fortunate to study various Vipassana techniques as well as attending a number of Vipassana retreats in Northern Thailand and neighbouring countries, I have recently decided to make of Vipassana meditation a much more fundamental part of my life and to start contributing for the benefit of others; the blog is one of the ways the decision is manifesting. One more manifestation of my intention has been the development of a free, very much liked and worldwide used, Vipassana Meditation Timer App for the Android platform; the meditation timer app has now reached almost 100.000 users, the feedback is very positive and I feel that what originally seemed like a silly idea on my part, has now proven to be useful to many.
The fruits of Vipassana meditation have started to really show, by almost entirely changing my view of the world I live in and the relationship I have with it. I have simplified my life to the point that I now have plenty of time to dedicate to the things I really enjoy doing and that can be of real use to others. It’s my aim to continue this way and make it my road to Vipassana, I hope you’ll be interested in seeing where it leads, I am very much 🙂
What Vipassana content to expect
Although I am eager to write about Vipassana, there is nothing in particular I have a strong desire to write about, I will simply take inspiration from my current and past experiences. I will also make a point to write about what the future blog readers will be interested in reading as to create a little following which proves to be very motivational and inspirational for blog writers.
Right now, I think I might start by writing about my recent experience taking a 10 days Vipassana Meditation course As taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. At the course, which took place at the Dhamma Malaya centre in Malaysia, I have learned a few new techniques which have really shaped by practice and understanding of Dharma. I might then follow up with some product reviews, as in books and apps and so forth. I am also thinking of writing some funny and not so funny stories that took place at monasteries or meditation centres. Well, the subject is huge, there’s certainly no lack of topics to talk or write about.
One of the objectives to start The Road to Vipassana blog, is to get deeper into the core subject of Vipassana Meditation, I will therefore choose topics I am personally interested about, in the hope to be able to maintain a thread of thought between posts.
A final thought
It’s my intention to provide the best possible information I can find or have. I am in no way claiming to be an expert in the field of Vipassana Meditation, but I guess I am willing to become one. Having said that, I am certain that any kind of content I will provide will not match in value with the practical aspect of meditation. The value I am trying to create here will be mostly for the intellect, but it’s my hope in some way also the spirit will be affected by it. I wish happiness to you all 🙂